Food & nutrition
November 27, 2013

Helpful tips for long-term weight loss

"I lost 5kgs fast, but now I've put them all back on!" There are many weight-loss schemes that will help you lose weight, but the true test comes with keeping it off and maintaining your new fitness levels.  This means exercising more, and changing your eating habits – for good! (more…)

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Pregnancy
November 27, 2013

The year of the gigantic babies

In November 2013, the story of one of the world’s biggest new-born babies broke – a mother in Shanghai, China had delivered a 6.17kg bundle of joy. All doctors had to say in the short story was that the baby may suffer from obesity and associated conditions later in life. When asked, the mother said she’d eaten a lot of fruit during her pregnancy. Nothing was said about whether the mother was suffering from gestational diabetes, the usual suspect in cases of abnormally big new-born babies. (more…)

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Eye Health
November 27, 2013

3 Types of Pink eye

You know what this is like: itchy, red and pretty awful. Pink eye (aka conjunctivitis) is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the conjunctiva, the outer layer of the membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface.  Pink eye can be very contagious for as long as two weeks after symptoms appear. Pink eye mostly develops from an infection or allergic reaction, and it’s important to diagnose and treat the condition as soon as it starts, to avoid it spreading to other people. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis can occur in people of any age, but they are more common during…

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Cancer & lymphoma
November 26, 2013

Movember: our interview with Mark Pilgrim

In this week’s episode of Hello Doctor, Dr Michael Mol chats to popular DJ and TV personality Mark Pilgrim. Mark’s broadcasting career started at the age of 12, and today he’s a decorated broadcaster, having won an MTN Radio Award for Best Commercial Music Show last year. What many people don’t know about Mark is that he is also a testicular cancer survivor, so “Movember” is a cause that’s very close to his heart. We took a few snippets from his studio interview with Dr Michael Mol, but you can watch the full interview here: http://bit.ly/18DEtmq (more…)

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Sexual Health
November 26, 2013

A viagra too far?

A farmer and politician from Colombia has been forced to undergo a penis amputation after he overdosed on Viagra, according to news reports. Admitting to a local newspaper, La Nciaon, that he had overdosed on Viagra to please his new girlfriend, the 66-year old man from Gigante, Huila, found that his penis had gone into what seemed to be a permanent state of erection. (more…)

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Pregnancy
November 25, 2013

Tips for a high risk pregnancy

Whether you know ahead of time that you'll have a high-risk pregnancy or you simply want to do whatever you can to prevent a high-risk pregnancy, stick to the basics. (more…)

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Pregnancy
November 25, 2013

Make sure you take your folic acid

A healthy diet during pregnancy will promote your baby's growth and development, so it is important to understand which nutrients you need most and where to find them. The basic principles of healthy eating remain the same — get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and supplements, such as folic acid. Lack of folic acid in a pregnancy diet may increase the risk of neural tract malformations such as Spina Bofida as well as low birth weight and preterm delivery. 400 micrograms of folic acid a day before conception and throughout pregnancy is recommended. Fortified cereals are great…

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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
November 25, 2013

3 Changes that will help you lose weight

You’ve been exercising regularly and eating all the right things at the right time, but you’re still not losing weight. Sure, your pants are a little looser around the bum and thighs, but the scale’s still saying that you weigh the same. So what’s stopping you from reaching your weight goal? Here are 3 of the most common reasons why you’re struggling to lose those extra kilos. 1. Don't eat more calories than you’re burning The basic principle behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. So, eat a bit less, and exercise a bit more. It…

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PregnancyRecipes
November 25, 2013

Broccoli and cheese soup

The basic principles of healthy eating remain the same for when you are pregnant, viz. include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and supplements, such as folic acid, found in broccoli. (more…)

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